Both romantic and relationship matters hit their stride this month, with the love gods smiling on both. With lucky Jupiter spending his first full month in direct motion in your romantic sector there will be signs of movement on the romantic front, though the real magic will happen when Venus returns next month. It's been 12 years since Venus and Jupiter, the planets of love and luck have met up in your romantic sector, with something special developing over the coming months. At this stage it's more a growing sense of confidence, a sense that the tide has turned and that your romantic fortunes will only improve over the coming months. With Venus sticking around instead of passing through, the middle months of the year are destined to be extremely romantically charged. In the meantime, Venus is in preparation mode, spending the early days of the month in your communication sector, working to give your heart a voice and then from the 8th May is on a mission to make your life as love friendly as possible. The Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 23rd to the 25th May is the last before Venus returns, with the romantic sentiment this triggers bringing a taste of things to come, ahead of Venus' return on the 6th June. Your relationships will benefit from the huge amount of resources on the communication front with the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars all spending at least some of the month in your communication sector. The 24th/25th May stands out as an auspicious few days for friendship and relationship building.
While your luckiest year for love in over a decade won't technically begin until lucky Jupiter returns to your romantic sector on the 11th August, in reality the tide will start to turn in July, with the love gods already starting to line things up. It's the Moon's monthly visits to your romantic sector that every 4 weeks bring you one step closer, at the same time that Venus, planet of love is racing ahead of the other planets to get their first, something she'll accomplish in July. With the Moon leaving your romantic sector in the early hours of the month there's a need to not only capture the romantic sentiment in the air from the get go, but a sense of confidence Venus is already working to instil. The Moon will come full circle, returning for a second visit from the 25th May to the 28th May. By this point Venus will have returned to your communication sector, where she's able to give your heart a voice and any emotional responses this triggers. The Moon will also make two visits to your relationship sector this month, the first from the 3rd May to the 6th May, returning on the 30th May where it will see out the month. However, it's the first visit that will grab your attention, for it's this visit that will trigger a Full Moon in your relationship sector on the 4th May. With Saturn on his way back to your relationship sector and returning next month, there's a need to pay attention to the emotional responses this triggers and any wakeup calls. With Venus returning to your communication sector just 4 days later, even the most extreme wakeup calls will evolve into an opportunity for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough.
While your birthday month and new solar year won't begin until later in the month, moving into May with Venus, planet of love already in your sign not only gives your heart and the spirit of romance a voice from the get go, but a say in what you want and expect from your new solar year before it even begins. Due to leave your sign on the 8th May Venus is in the final days of a mission to define your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year and this year it's clear from the get go that the bar has been raised. For the first time in 28 years Venus returned for her annual visit to find Saturn in your relationship sector, raising the bar on what you expect from your relationships and what they expect from you in return. Their opposition last month may have created some personal and/or relationship tension, as will an opposition with Mercury on the 3rd/4th May, with Mars on the 15th/16th May and the Sun on the 22nd/23rd May. Literally as a planet returns to your sign they'll almost immediately move into opposition with Saturn, bringing the same message home. While this may present as a challenge it's an opportunity to take your relationships to a higher level and with Saturn in retrograde motion, to both deal with old issues and revisit the past. These are short wakeup calls with the power to create a lot more authenticity. This is being balanced by support from romantic and adventurous forces, keeping the spirit of romance alive and on both the romantic and relationship fronts reminding you that it's all about the journey.
In a month that begins with the main focus on your relationships, with Pluto in his first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector and no planetary activity in your romantic sector, it won't take long for romantic forces to provide some healthy competition. To begin with all your relationship focus and any romantic focus is on the past, with Pluto in retrograde motion in your relationship sector and Venus, planet of love moving through a nostalgic part of your chart, where she's taking your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. On the relationship front the focus will remain on the past and with Pluto in retrograde motion until September this is a chance to look back and review your relationships and the journey so far. It's on the romantic front that things are set to change dramatically, beginning with a Full Moon in your romantic sector on the 4th May. This falls just 4 days before Venus' return to your sign on the 8th May not only shifts your romantic focus to the future, but kicks off a new cycle of love and some of the most romantically charged weeks of the year. The Full Moon on the 4th May is a Lovers Moon, designed to bring the spirit of romance to a head and your attention in a way that can't be ignored. With Venus just 4 days away from your sign and Saturn retrograding back into your romantic sector next month for a double dip visit, this will bring the kind of wakeup call that brings the spirit of romance back into play and a signal that a romantic drought is about to break.
While Venus, planet of love will leave a social and serendipitous part of your chart on the 8th May she's not only leaving a trail for the planets following behind her to follow, but triggering the laws of attraction and synchronicity, that will remain in play long after she's gone. To start with there is a lot of competition from professional forces, but with Venus triggering the kind of serendipitous moments or encounters that you don't plan for and happen when and where you least expect, this isn't something you have to over think. Fate will be working to put you in the right place at the right time, so it's all about daring to be spontaneous. This will have ripples beyond your social life and serendipitous developments, for it's set to have a positive flow on effect on both the communication and relationship fronts, with a sense of camaraderie having developed between these three areas of your chart. It all began over Easter when a lunar eclipse in your communication sector and Ceres' return to your relationship sector conspired to turn the challenges of the earlier months of the year into an opportunity for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough. When Venus returned to your friendship sector and the most social and serendipitous part of your chart just a week later a partnership was forged, something that will live on after Venus leaves, which is ideal for friendship and relationship building. Meanwhile on the 8th May Venus returns to a nostalgic part of your chart, where for the next 4 weeks she'll take your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane.
Both romantic and relationship forces settle into what for both is the long haul part of the journey. While there are more active points of the year for both romantic and relationship matters, with Neptune in your relationship sector until 2026 and Pluto in your romantic sector until 2024 on both fronts it's all about the journey. With the most active points of the year for both romantic and relationship matters behind you, Pluto in his first full month in retrograde motion in your romantic sector and Neptune slowing down ahead of his retrograde turn in your romantic sector from next month, both are moving slowly and in long haul mode. This is taking away any urgency and makes it more about holding onto the intentions and expectations forged over recent months and walking the talk. This also makes the Moon's visits to both your romantic and relationship sectors a lot more important, with a chance to get your bearings, test the waters and pay attention to what your emotional responses are telling you. You'll have your chance to do that with matters of the heart when the Moon moves through your romantic sector from the 8th May to the 10th May, stirring up a lot of romantic sentiment and your heart's emotional responses. As the Moon's first visit since Pluto turned retrograde expect this to also stir up a lot of romantic nostalgia. The Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 12th to the 14th May will fall during Venus' early days in your friendship sector and as well as stirring up your emotional responses to relationship matters will create an auspicious few days for friendship and relationship building.
The Sun's departure from your relationship sector last month not only brought a defining few months to an end, months that have left you with a much clearer sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, but took any pressure that came with this away. While relationship matters will never go off the boil, not with Uranus in your relationship sector until 2019, but with the spotlight off your relationships, every relationship issue is no longer under the microscope. This is usually a point in the year when you can breathe a sigh of relief, for as this always comes at the halfway point in your current solar year this can bring personal and/or relationship tensions to a head. What you can expect in May is an easing back of the scrutiny on your relationships, a settling into the journey itself and then waiting patiently for romantic forces to have their turn, something that that you'll usually have to wait until September for. However that's not the case this year, with romantic forces not only already in play but being infused with a sense of adventure that is already working to bring the excitement back into your love life and it's all because of Venus and Ceres, the two goddesses of the solar system. Ceres returned to your romantic sector over Easter, for her first visit in 4 years and here for the next 4 months she's bringing the spirit of romance back into play, in a way that gets right to the heart of your romantic needs and priorities. With support from Venus as she moves through an adventurous part of your chart and from a parade of planets, even after she leaves on the 8th May this is keeping the spirit of romance and adventure alive and especially where they come together.
With the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of May in your relationship sector this is a time of year when the focus is always on your relationships, but this year in a way that is a lot deeper but also a lot less challenging. For the first time since 2012 the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Mars, who all returned to your relationship sector last month, found that Saturn was no longer in your sign, but over on the other side of the sky and in opposition, which means the personal and/or relationship tensions of previous years aren't there. This year, anticipating a fight and some challenges, the planets have brought Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos along for the ride, for the first time since 2013. However, with Venus been and gone and your relationship desires and expectations already established, without the challenge and roadblocks of the past you're able to channel all this energy into rebuilding your relationships. While Mercury will leave your relationship sector on the 1st May it's not before leaving you with all the resources needed to keep the communication lines open, with Mars staying on until the 12th May and the Sun until the 21st May, giving you a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you and of what you're fighting for. By the time a New Moon on the 18th May brings a chance for new beginnings and to draw a new line in the sand, you need to be ready to commit to your relationships, the future and the journey ahead, for once the Sun leaves you'll be on your own. In the meantime, a subtle romantic thread will run through the month.
On the 20th April the Sun's departure from your romantic sector brought an active and defining 2 month period to an end, one that began when Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos returned on the 20th February. During that 2 month period Mars, the Sun, Mercury and Venus all moved through, playing their part in fuelling your romantic desires, passions and fighting spirit, giving your heart a voice and a clear sense of direction. Yet while they've moved on Uranus, here until 2019, is custodian of all that this triggered and while things have since eased back to a normal level, there is no doubt that this is a new normal, expecting more from love, romance and matters of the heart than you did 3 months ago. Holding onto the spirit of romance is important, especially as the focus has not only already shifted to your relationships, but in a way that is demanding a lot more of your attention than in previous years. The solar spotlight will always fall onto your relationships when the Sun returns to your relationship sector on the 21st May each year, but this year this has not only already happened, with Venus here until the 8th May and Mercury returning on the 1st May, the bar has been raised. For the first time in 28 years, as the planets return to your relationship sector they will all encounter an opportunity with Saturn, who in your sign since Christmas Eve is refusing to let you compromise your own truth and authenticity, demanding personal and relationship balance. This will create some personal and/or relationship tension, but with Mercury, planet of communication returning on the 1st May for what should be a 9 month visit, but not actually leaving until July, this holds the potential for some major communication and/or relationship breakthroughs and for something real and authentic to develop. Once Mars returns on the 12th May and the Sun on the 21st May you'll have a better sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you and of what you're fighting for.
While the focus will always fall onto romantic matters at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of May in your romantic sector, this year there is not only a lot more romantic sentiment to go around, there isn't the roadblocks, challenges or distractions of previous years. For the last 2 years the planets moving through your romantic sector have all encountered pressure from an opposition with Saturn and last year, with a huge amount of personal and/or relationship tension and other challenges, the spirit of romance was not just a candle in the wind, but in the midst of a hurricane. This year things couldn't be more different, with a real opportunity for the spirit of romance and matters of the heart to mount a major comeback. To start with Saturn is gone so there are no challenges and road blocks and the conditions that created last year's personal and/or relationship tensions are gone. While Venus will return to your relationship sector on the 8th May, giving your relationships their first voice this year, this won't be enough to dampen the romantic spirit and with the planet of love involved that's not what she'd want. Even if this was simply a romantic update the conditions would already be conducive for something special, but the fact that Venus has already been and gone and for the first time in 2 years you have Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos here, means that by the time you even move into the month your romantic desires, passions and fighting spirit have been fuelled. While Mercury will leave on the 1st May, from the get go you've got the means to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. With Mars leaving your romantic sector on the 12th May and the Sun on the 21st May, by the time a New Moon on the 18th May brings an opportunity for new beginnings, you need to be ready to commit to the spirit of romance and the journey ahead.
While the spirit of romance will always come into play at some point during May, last year this happened when the Sun returned on the 21st May, the very latest date you can expect. This year the love gods are proving impatient, for by the time you even move into the new month Venus, planet of love is already here, the spirit of romance is already engaged and so too is a sense of determination. For the first time in 28 years Venus returned to your romantic sector last month to find Saturn in opposition, something that the planet of love responds to in the same way a toddle does to their favourite toy being taken off them. Chances are this gave your heart a strong reaction to any roadblocks, making it all but impossible to hide behind old excuses. It's into this atmosphere that Mercury will return on the 1st May, for what should be a 2 week visit aimed at giving your heart a voice and putting heart and mind on the same page. Instead turning retrograde on the 19th May and not eventually leaving until July, this is something the love gods will be taking seriously. What Venus encountered when she returned was a huge amount of focus on other people's needs, forcing you to fight to keep the spirit of romance alive, something that you'll gain some major support for when Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos returns for his first visit to your romantic sector in 2 years on the 12th May. With your romantic desires, passions and fighting spirit engaged, by the time the Sun returns on the 21st May your romantic warrior will be fired up, ready to fight for what you want from love. In a month where relationship conditions are also improving dramatically, fighting to bring the spirit of romance back into your life will benefit both.
Venus, planet of love is in a hurry this year, moving well ahead of the Sun and the other planets, creating a situation where as the first planet to return to an area of your chart she'll set the scene for what is to follow. Venus is on a mission to get to your relationship sector before lucky Jupiter does, something she'll accomplish in July and once there she'll not only slow down but turn retrograde, racing to get to your relationships before the most important relationship year in over a decade kicks off. While that will eventually give your relationships a major boost that's still a few months away, but already you're enjoying the benefits and this month this is being felt on the romantic front. To get a sense of just how ahead of schedule Venus is, last year Venus didn't return to your romantic sector until the 19th July, kicking off what will always be the most romantically charged weeks of any year. However, this year she'll return on the 8th May, 10 weeks earlier than last year, so early that with the Sun and Mars not returning until later next month and Mercury not until July, she'll be long gone before they even get here, spending almost the whole time on her own, able to plant the romantic sentiment, desires and expectations that will define your romantic experience over the coming months. With Mars returning to your romantic sector next month for the first time in 2 years, Venus knows that the romantic sentiment, desires and expectations she leaves you with will soon find a champion and they won't be forgotten. Returning on the 8th May but not leaving until the 6th June and aware of how much focus your relationships will get over the coming months, Venus is determined to bring the spirit of romance back into play. The only other influence during Venus' time in your romantic sector will be during the Moon's visit from the 21st to the 23rd May, adding another layer of romantic sentiment and emotional responses.